|February 21, 2006|
|February 21, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
36 Students Earn Doctor of Physical
Many DPT Students Already Have Jobs Lined Up
As the 36 students walked across the stage in Stiteler Auditorium in a special Doctor of Physical Therapy Commencement ceremony on Feb. 17, they had a few things still on their minds – upcoming licensure tests and their first jobs. Many have already lined up their first clinical positions and soon will be practicing in their new professions. Their family and friends filled the auditorium as the candidates received their doctoral hoods from their faculty advisers.
“At Arcadia, you were challenged to achieve your full potential and recognize your abilities, to take responsibility for the choices that affect the future of your world,” said President Jerry Greiner. “You have developed the confidence and acquired the skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for a rich and meaningful life. I, too, look forward to seeing your careers unfold.”
Ms. Amanda Couitt of the DPT Student Class of 2006 led the singing of the National Anthem. Dr. Philip McClure, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, gave the invocation. The guest speaker was Dr. Anthony Delitto, a classroom teacher, a practicing clinician, and a researcher. For the past decade he has served simultaneously as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, as Director of Research at the Comprehensive Spine Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and as Vice President for Education and Research at the Centers for Rehabilitation Services in Pittsburgh. Staff Sgt. Gregg Jeblonski, whose year in Iraq with C-Company of the Army National Guard’s 103rd Engineering Division delayed his graduation plans till 2007, was the student speaker.
Honorary Degree Presented to George Logue: Jan Tecklin, Professor of Physical
Therapy, read an honorary degree presented to Mr. George
have dedicated your life to bettering the lives of others. Your vision and
leadership led to the creation of Arcadia University’s Department
of Physical Therapy, which began accepting students in 1982 and became a
model for liberal arts colleges to follow. You have used your clinical skills
and professional knowledge to help countless individuals lead lives with
more mobility and less pain. You have taught many students not just the
technical aspects of therapy, but also the compassionate, ethical principles
that guide your profession. You have blazed new paths for others to follow
in your many pursuits and have consistently directed your efforts to improving
the lives of your fellow citizens. It is for these reasons that Arcadia
University proudly honors you by awarding you the degree of Doctor of Humanities.”
D.P.T. Class of 2006
Dianne Ellen Dedo Azu
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